Children can develop emotional problems due to a number of reasons, such as school performance, peer relations, and home relations. What many think could be a “stage” could turn into counterproductive, disruptive, or even dangerous behavior. Our extensive team of Clinical Psychologists, Pediatric Psychologists, and Pediatric Neuropsychologists provide diagnostic interviews with parents and children, psychological evaluations, and informing conferences.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning Disability
- Intellectual Disability
- Developmental Disability
- Behavioral-Emotional problems secondary to a medical diagnosis
The children seen typically have a complex presentation of medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral components that require intensive assessment. Many children have limited or no verbal communication. Other children present with behavioral or other (e.g., physical) challenges that have interfered with previous efforts to evaluate the child. Often, the children have been evaluated by other professionals but referred to us, needing further clarification/assistance in diagnosis. For many children, previous interventions have not been effective or it is suspected that additional factors are impacting the child’s presentation.
The assessment methods used by psychologists in developmental-behavioral pediatrics may include:
- Structured and unstructured interviews
- Structured and unstructured observation, particularly with children who are young or nonverbal (e.g., play, functional analysis)
- Autism specific measures
- Emotional and behavioral measures (completed by parents, children, and teachers)
- Developmental/intellectual measures
- Adaptive measures
- Academic measures
Pediatric Psychology does not provide inpatient, outpatient, or residential mental health therapy services. If you are seeking such services, please click here.